Our pick of the best events for professionals supporting learners with vision impairment

Post date: 
Friday, 9 February 2018
Professionals in training

Check out our list of best conferences, courses and exhibitions to help you further support children and young people with vision impairment.


Unified English Braille training delivered at your establishment

When: At a time that suits you
Where: RNIB continues to offer the services of an experienced braille trainer who can visit your school or college to deliver a day of training in Unified English Braille (UEB). 
More details: If you're already familiar with Standard English Braille, but want to up your skills to UEB, this bespoke one-day course could be for you. You'll need to be proficient in SEB before enrolling and the course will include a practical element.

For further details visit our one-day literary braille course page.

VITAL network (Visual Impairment Touches All Learning)

When: To be confirmed
More details: Do you work with children and young people with complex needs and visual impairment? Would you like to get together with others in the same field? Facilitated by RNIB, VITAL brings together teaching and associated professionals working with children and young people with complex needs and vision impairment. Our members work in schools, services, early years and health settings. Join us, and we’ll be in touch about networking, professional development and training opportunities - email vital@rnib.org.uk

Further information about VITAL:

Online training: Understanding visual impairment in children and young people

When: You can begin anytime. There is no fixed start or finish date.
Where: Online
More details: The course is designed to support the training needs of professionals and parents in order to improve the quality of learning opportunities available to children and young people with visual impairment. It is intended for people who wish to gain an overview of the issues involved in supporting the education of children with vision impairment, without studying in the depth required by Partners in Learning. The content is drawn mainly from existing material used in RNIB’s accredited level 3 BTEC "Partners in Learning" course. You don’t need to have access to a child with vision impairment to complete the course – we can supply you with relevant video materials to support you.

The cost of the course is £200 (£140 for VIEW members). For more information and to apply, visit the VIEW website.

Online training: Effective teaching of literacy through braille

When: January 2018
Where: Online over six months
More details: This course has been designed to provide specialist training to all teachers of children with vision impairment, including those in training for the Mandatory Qualification (MQ) or waiting to start the MQ course. It has been written by nationally recognised practitioners in braille and created as an online course by an experienced instructional designer.

The cost of the course is £700 (£600 for VIEW members). For more information and to apply, visit the VIEW website.

Online training: Partners in Learning

When: February 2018
Where: Online
More details: Get the necessary knowledge and skills to provide a high level of education for the learners with whom you work. The course, which is accredited as a BTEC advanced certificate at level 3, is the only UK-wide accredited training designed for education support staff working with blind and partially sighted learners. In recognition of its excellence, several local authorities have made Partners in Learning a mandatory qualification for teaching assistants employed in their visual impairment support services. A blended learning approach of online study and discussion activities is used.

The cost of the course is £850 (£750 for VIEW members). For more information and to apply, visit the VIEW website.

VIEW Conference 2018

When: Thursday 15 March to Friday 16 March 
Where: Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan, 225 Hagley Rd, Birmingham B16 9RY
More details: This is the biggest get-together of the vision impairment workforce with a chance for you to listen to inspiring speakers who are in the know, attend workshops to develop your skills and interest in particular areas of support, and to network with colleagues from across the sector.

For further information and to book, please visit the VIEW website.

WESC Foundation Annual Conference

When: Thursday 17 May
Where: WESC Foundation, Topsham Road, Countess Wear, Exeter EX2 6HA
More details: The Annual Conference will explore the implications and challenges of joint commissioning and multi-disciplinary working and present examples of good practice set within the current national and local context. If you are a SEN professional, local authority commissioner, carer, or anyone who is interested in the field of visual impairment and SEN then this is an opportunity to gain professional development and keep updated on recent legislation and practice.   

The cost per ticket is £120. Parents of children with a vision impairment will be given a 50 per cent reduction in cost.

To book, please contact Katy Gaulton on 01392 454235 or email kgaulton@wescfoundation.ac.uk


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